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Primate receives Homeless Jesus replica

Posted on: November 22nd, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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By André Forget

 

Homeless Jesus: a sculpture by Canadian artist Timothy Schmalz. Photo:  André Forget

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Mississauga, Ont.

Amidst the presentations and discussions, Council of General Synod (CoGS) also included a moment of giving when Andy Seal, director of Augsburg Fortress Canada, presented Archbishop Fred Hiltz with a miniature replica of Canadian artist Timothy Schmalz’s widely acclaimed Homeless Jesus sculpture.

In a letter that accompanied the gift, Seal shared a story of how the idea for the sculpture came into being when Schmalz came across a homeless man in Toronto several years ago and was reminded of the parable in the 25th chapter of Matthew’s gospel explaining that anything done for a person in want is done for Christ himself.

The letter spoke appreciatively of the work the primate is doing in drawing attention to homelessness and housing issues in Canada and the world.

Copies of Homeless Jesus can be found in cities around the world. There is one outside of the University of Toronto’s Regis College and another in St. Peter’s Square, Vatican City, which was recently blessed by Pope Francis. Whatsoever You Do, a similar sculpture by Schmalz depicting Jesus as a panhandler, can be found outside of Toronto’s Anglican Church of St. Stephen-in-the-Fields.

The gift comes at a time when homelessness and housing issues have received a good deal of attention in the Anglican Church of Canada. The synod of the diocese of Ottawa recently approved a motion that “affirmed and endorsed” elements of the 2013 Joint Assembly resolution “committing our churches to tackle homelessness and affordable housing.”

The motion requests its diocesan council to explore ways of establishing “a co-ordinated approach and collaborative action plan with respect to homelessness and affordable housing.” It also encourages educating parishes about homelessness and affordable housing and considering these issues “in our stewardship and disposition of church property,” and working with ecumenical and interfaith partners and non-profit organizations in projects and advocacy.

“We are called to respond compassionately through our words and our actions,” said the Rev. Laurette Glasgow, the Anglican Church of Canada’s special advisor for government relations, who moved the motion.

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Anglican Journal News, November 21, 2014

WCC condemns attack in synagogue

Posted on: November 20th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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By Anglican Journal staff

 

Patriarchs and church leaders in Jerusalem recently underlined the importance of maintaining reasonable access to Holy sites in the “delicate political climate.”         Photo:Wikimedia Commons/Andrew Shiva


The World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary, the Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, has issued a statement expressing sadness and concern and condemning the violent attack in a Jerusalem synagogue Nov. 18 that left five people dead and many injured.

“There is a particular horror in any such attack which takes place at a place of worship. I condemn this violence unequivocally, as I do all violence between the peoples and communities of this region which has seen so much bloodshed in the name of religion,” wrote Tveit in a statement issued from the WCC headquarters in Geneva.  “Violence, collective punishments and communal attacks can only further damage the prospects of peace and justice for all.” He went on to express concern about the escalating tensions in Jerusalem and urged all responsible authorities to take proactive steps to prevent any reprisals by extremist groups.

“The tensions and tragedies of this city, holy to Jews, Christians and Muslims, are a reminder both of the need for all parties to continue to work intensively for a just peace in Israel and Palestine, and of the vital place that Jerusalem itself plays in that longed for peace,” said Tveit.

The attack was the latest in a series of violent incidents in which 11 Israelis have been killed in the last month.

“The frustration over the failing peace processes, as well as the increasing settlements and continued occupation, will require new initiatives that can overcome the obstacles to peace and build trust in a common future,” Tveit added.

The Anglican Church of Canada is a member of the WCC, which brings together churches, denominations and church fellowships in more than 110 countries and territories, representing over 500 million Christians globally.

On Nov. 6, patriarchs and church leaders in Jerusalem, including Archbishop Suheil Dawani of the Episcopal Church of Jerusalem and the Middle East, expressed their concern about the violence and rapidly deteriorating situation in Jerusalem.

Although they acknowledged that “acts of extremism are becoming a phenomenon both here in the Holy Land and in the wider region,” they expressed serious concern about recent activity on Haram al Sharif or Temple Mount, which has included both full closures and some limitation of access to Al Aqsa Mosque. The area is holy to Jews as the site of the first and second temple of ancient times and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, site of the Dome of the Rock and the Al Aqsa Mosque.

The patriarchs condemned “threats of changes to the status of the Holy Sites from wherever they may come. The Holy Sites need constant watchful protection so that reasonable access to them can be maintained according to the prevailing Status Quo of all three Abrahamic faiths.”

They wrote that the “status quo” governing these sites “needs to be fully respected for the sake of the whole community. Any threat to its continuity and integrity could easily lead to unpredictable consequences which would be most unwelcome in the present delicate political climate.”

The statement was also signed by:

+Patriarch Theophilos III, Greek Orthodox Patriarchate

+Patriarch Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

+Patriarch Nourhan Manougian, Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem

+Fr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, ofm, Custos of the Holy Land

+Archbishop Anba Abraham, Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate, Jerusalem

+Archbishop Swerios Malki Murad, Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate

+Archbishop Aba Embakob, Ethiopian Orthodox Patriarchate

+Archbishop Joseph-Jules Zerey, Greek-Melkite-Catholic Patriarchate

+Archbishop Mosa El-Hage, Maronite Patriarchal Exarchate

+Archbishop Suheil Dawani, Episcopal Church of Jerusalem and the Middle East

+Bishop Munib Younan, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land

+Bishop Pierre Malki, Syrian Catholic Patriarchal Exarchate

+Msgr. Joseph Antoine Kelekian, Armenian Catholic Patriarchal Exarchate

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Anglican Journal News, November 19, 2014

First Jerusalem Sunday ‘significant’

Posted on: November 20th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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By André Forget

 

Anglican Church of Canada Global Relations Director Andrea Mann talks about how Jerusalem Sunday is helping build a a closer relationship between the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and Canadian Anglicans. Photo: André Forget.

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Mississauga, ON

Andrea Mann, global relations director at the Anglican Church of Canada, took some time during her presentation to Council of General Synod (CoGS) Nov. 15 to talk about how Jerusalem Sunday has furthered the Canadian church’s commitment to building a strong relationship with the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem.

Mann explained that one of the main goals in developing closer ties with Jerusalem was to build a relationship that would be “strong and sustainable.” Being in solidarity with the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and with ecumenical partners in Canada and in the Middle East for “peace with justice in Israel and Palestine” was also a key priority, as was making the most of this relationship as a way of developing more meaningful connections with Canadian Jewish and Muslim communities.

Mann noted that while there have been initiatives underway to draw these two parts of the Anglican Communion closer together for several years now, one of the most significant recent developments was the first celebration of Jerusalem Sunday, in June 2014.

Jerusalem Sunday, an initiative created to raise awareness and support for the Diocese of Jerusalem among Canadian Anglicans, was observed across the country, and while it was difficult to know exactly how many individuals and parishes had participated, Mann noted that 32 parishes, entities and individuals raised $7,690 for the Penman Medical Clinic in the West Bank. A ministry of the Jerusalem diocese, the clinic provides medical supplies and diagnostic testing that serves about 4,000 people in Zababdeh, a majority Palestinian Christian town in the northern West Bank.

In 2015, Jerusalem Sunday (which is the seventh Sunday after Easter) will fall on May 17, and Mann noted that one of the repeated requests she has received was for “a greater breadth and depth and number of liturgical resources, including a full eucharist service.” There were also requests for prayers from Jewish and Muslim faith traditions, hymns in Arabic and Sunday school resources.

In addition to this, the partners in mission co-ordinating committee is working to create an online resource to help people think about the differences between “religious tourism and authentic pilgrimage.”

Mann acknowledged how important Jerusalem Sunday and the building of a strong relationship with the Diocese of Jerusalem are in light of the conflict that broke out in Gaza over the summer, which, according to the United Nations Reliefs and Works agency, has killed over 2,000 people and left more than 65,000 without homes.

Mann’s presentation to CoGS also covered some of the other work that is being done by the global relations office to assess how the companion diocese relationships are working, and to promote Anglican participation in intercultural ministry training programs.

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Anglican Journal News, November 19, 2014

Foundation’s work widespread, but unknown to many Anglicans

Posted on: November 17th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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By André Forget

 

The Rev. Canon Judy Rois tells Council of General Synod that the Anglican Foundation awarded over $500,000 in grants in 2013. Behind Rois is Emily Wall, Foundation project manager. Photo: André Forget


Mississauga, Ont.
In a presentation to Council of General Synod (CoGS) Nov.14, the Rev. Canon Judy Rois and Emily Wall talked about some of the successes the Anglican Foundation has seen in the last year, and explained how much room there is for continued growth in Canada.

Rois, the Foundation’s director, started the presentation on a playful note by giving each member of the executive a small bear wearing the university scarf of the member’s respective alma maters. The bears are part of a fundraising campaign to provide support for a variety of child-related initiatives –  from school breakfast programs to support for children in palliative care.

The bears served as a reminder a salient challenge that the Foundation faces: visibility. While the Foundation has existed for over 50 years and has been involved in numerous projects investing in diverse causes, Rois said that she frequently encounters Anglicans across Canada who express surprise when they hear about the Foundation.

The original vision when General Synod, the church’s governing body, decided to create a foundation in 1957 was that each parish would contribute $50 a year. But as Rois pointed out, “the reality is that was a long time ago, so hundreds of Anglicans don’t know they have a Foundation, and the obvious corollary is that they don’t make an annual contribution.”

At present, 279 of Canada’s roughly 1650 parishes and 17 of the 30 dioceses make a donation to the Foundation. Rois expressed her hope that parishes and dioceses would take the original $50 mark as a goal to work toward, and encouraged individuals to give as well.

To give an example of how widespread the Foundation’s work is, Rois gave an outline of some of the projects it has funded over the past year. These included a gathering of clergy, physicians, ethicists and psychiatrists at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto addressing issues of parents and children with disabilities, a gardening project in the diocese of New Westminster, a synod office renovation in the diocese of Rupert’s Land and the construction of the new St. Michael and All Angels church in the diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador.

In total, the Foundation has provided over $500,000 to projects in the past year, and any parish or ministry project can apply to the foundation for grants and funding.

“It is important to remember,” said Rois, “that Foundation money is your money; it is money you have entrusted to us to receive, to invest, and to disburse.”

Rois and Wall, the Foundation’s project manager, also showed two of the promotional films they have developed to raise awareness about different ways of supporting the Foundation, which can be viewed on their website at anglicanfoundation.org.

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Anglican Journal News, November 15, 2014

Church has responsibility to engage the state, says advisor

Posted on: November 17th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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By André Forget

 

The Rev. Laurette Glasgow,  the Anglican Church of Canada’s special advisor for government relations, says “more engagement” is needed. Photo: André Forget _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Mississauga, Ont.

The Anglican Church of Canada’s special advisor for government relations on Nov. 14 gave a presentation to Council of General Synod (CoGS) about what principles should guide church involvement with government and how churches can best go about giving witness to their faith while trying to effect change in public policy.

The Rev. Laurette Glasgow, who was originally trained as an economist and served as Canadian ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg and as Canada’s Consul General in Monaco, started her presentation by explaining that at the heart of the government relations ministry is the belief that Christians are “co-creators” with God, and as such are called to take an active role in the life of the national structures in which they live. She stressed that government relations “is not about one person or one committee, it is all of us.”

She also noted that this is a time in which many institutions – including the church and the state – are losing credibility even as current generations face mounting economic and social challenges. Rather than backing off, Glasgow suggested, Anglicans must become even more involved. “I see a world that needs more engagement on this level rather than less.”

Motivated by the question of how people of faith can “bring the radiance of hope in the public square,” Glasgow’s presentation outlined some of the key points that must be kept in mind when navigating the delicate realities of church-government relations. Among these, she listed the importance of setting priorities, speaking with a coherent voice, and intentionally building relationships.

In regards to setting priorities, Glasgow stressed that “we cannot do it all.” Though there are hundreds of things the church could talk about, it needs to be discerning in choosing which issues it wants to bring to the table. “We have limited air time in the public square. You only have so many opportunities to voice what you want to promote.”

Speaking of coherence and consistency, Glasgow noted that the Anglican Church has a long history of holding ideas and opinions in “creative tension.” But she pointed out that this can weaken the church’s ability to speak out on issues, citing an example in which the national church made a statement about suggested changes to prostitution legislation while [some clergy and laity] voiced their own opinion in the Anglican Journal, making it seem like an official statement.

Relationships are an important part of all diplomacy, and Glasgow suggested that they take time and intentionality to build. But she also gave examples of how the extensive relationships that the Anglican Church of Canada already has allows it to be a player in international relations. She cited how her office was able to connect the Canadian Representative to the Palestinian Authority, Katherine Verrier-Fréchette, with the bishop of the Episcopal diocese of Jerusalem, Suheil Dawani, to explore humanitarian projects in Gaza.

Finally, she stressed the “golden rule” or church-government relations: “We must be non-partisan.”

True to the message of her talk, the last part of the presentation was dedicated to active participation from the council. She asked CoGS members to imagine that they were politicians, and to think of three issues that would be part of their platforms. Then she asked them to imagine they were electors, and to think of what three issues would be the biggest priorities. Next, they were to imagine themselves in the position of primate [senior archbishop] of the Anglican Church of Canada: What would they exhort the church to keep in mind during the election? Finally, they were asked a somewhat more playful question: What slogan would they choose to have as a bumper sticker during the next election?

This exercise tied in with one of Glasgow’s presentation on ongoing themes: the looming 2015 federal election. The exercise, she hinted, was practice for the vital role the church has in the coming year to discern the good of the church and the good of the nation. As she put it at the beginning of the presentation, “We are a long way from the New Jerusalem.”

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Anglican Journal News, November 15, 2014

Archbishop appoints Prior to oversee radical new community at Lambeth Palace

Posted on: November 16th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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Swedish Anglican priest the Revd Anders Litzell will pioneer the Archbishop of Canterbury’s new community for young Christians at Lambeth Palace.
Photo Credit: Lambeth Palace
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The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has appointed the Revd Anders Litzell as Prior of the Community of St Anselm, a radical new Christian community at Lambeth Palace.

Mr Litzell, 34, is an Anglican priest from Sweden, who has experience of the Pentecostal and Lutheran traditions as well as three provinces of the Anglican Communion. He will pioneer the Community, which launches in September 2015, and direct its worship and work. He will work as Prior under the auspices of the Archbishop, who will be Abbot of the Community. Mr Litzell will take up the role on 5th January 2015.

The Community will initially consist of 16 people living at Lambeth Palace full-time, and up to 40 people, who live and work in London, joining as non-residential members. The Archbishop hopes that the Community will be definitive in shaping future leaders to serve the common good in a variety of fields, as they immerse themselves in a challenging year of rigorous formation through prayer, study, practical service and community life.

Mr Litzell was ordained in the Church of England in 2012. He is currently serving at St George’s, Holborn, in the Diocese of London – where his ministry focuses on students and adults in their 20s and 30s. At the same time he is pursuing a doctorate which focuses on the relevance of St Benedict for contemporary leadership.  He trained for ordination at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, UK, including a sojourn at St Agnes, Diocese of Natal in South Africa.

Mr Litzell grew up in the Swedish Pentecostal Church. During his undergraduate studies at Wheaton College, Illinois he discovered ‘high church’ Anglicanism through St Barnabas Episcopal Church, Glen Ellyn – where his journey to ordination began. Back in Sweden he served in the Lutheran church, Sollentuna Parish in Stockholm, while directing the Alpha Sweden office, before moving to London to work with Alpha International.

Archbishop Justin Welby said: “My vision for the Community of St Anselm is that it be both ancient and postmodern: that young adults be steeped in the rich monastic traditions of the likes of Benedict, Francis and Ignatius, while discovering their striking relevance for the transformation of self and society today.  I am delighted at the appointment of Anders Litzell who will help to work this out at Lambeth Palace.”

The Archbishop’s Chaplain, the Revd Dr Jo Wells, who has pioneered the setting up of the Community, said: “Anders brings an experience and hunger for spiritual formation which is both wide and deep – crossing a variety of continents and traditions. He brings much energy and imagination to the work, a work in which he will participate even as he leads.”

The Revd Anders Litzell said: “I am hugely excited about taking on this role and, through God’s grace, turning Archbishop Justin’s vision for the community into reality. We pray that the Community will be identified by prayer, by learning, by love of each other and of the poor – all with one intention above all others: to become more like Jesus.”

For more information, visit: stanselm.org.uk

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Anglican Communion News Service (ACNS), November 12, 2014

Anglican church to gather data on congregational life, mission impact

Posted on: November 16th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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General Secretary of the Anglican Church of Canada the Ven. Michael Thompson explains how revising the statistical return is vital for the life of the church. Photo: André Forget


Mississauga, Ont.

If meaningful planning is to happen, dioceses need to start gathering reliable and useful statistical data from their parishes. This was the central message of a presentation made to the Council of General Synod (CoGS) Nov. 14 by Archdeacon Michael Thompson, general secretary of the Anglican Church of Canada.

Statistics should not simply be about the number of names on the parish rolls, Thompson told CoGS at its fall meeting.  “How can we understand what’s going on in the lives of our congregations and dioceses, how they are relating to the context in which they are called by God to minister?” Thompson asked. “How can we use that understanding to make good decisions based in that understanding about how to allocate resources and spend energy in ministry?”

In response to these questions, a commitment has been made to update the statistical return of dioceses across Canada. Bishop Geoffrey Peddle, of the diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador, is taking leadership in creating a revised statistical return for 2015 that asks a smaller number of questions about things that parishes might have concrete data about.

Thompson said that there has been some “very strong interest” in a congregational life survey that would help the national church understand the characteristics of its membership, their concerns, the reasons that lead people to participate in congregations and even some of the “disincentives” to participation.

Though this survey is still in its early stages, Thompson suggested that the national church would be looking for dioceses in each ecclesiastical province to develop and test such a survey. The long-term vision, he said, is to have a core national survey that dioceses can tailor to their local contexts to gather information about their own projects.

In addition to the survey, Thompson also drew attention to a “missional census” that is being developed to allow local ministries to report on their activities in a measurable way.

Using the example of a foot clinic for the homeless being operated out of the Cathedral Church of St. James, in downtown, Toronto, Thompson noted that while this has been an ongoing mission, there is no data about the impact it’s been having on the community – how many feet, for example, are treated in a given year.

For Thompson, this speaks to a larger imperative. “To represent ourselves in Canadian public life, it would be important to capture some of that information about the ways in which the church is actively making a difference.”

Thompson also argued that the survey and census might reveal some pleasant surprises. “I suspect we may discover that while we have been measuring some of the things that have diminished, like average Sunday attendance, we have not been measuring things that I suspect may be growing, which is the active commitment of people in our congregations to engage in the life of the world in a life-changing way.”

A third project being considered is an ethnographic approach to information-gathering. Thompson spoke of fostering an “official curiosity” on behalf of the General Synod to generate a greater understanding of how different dioceses exercise their ministry in advance of the 2016 General Synod. This ethnographic approach would look at differences such as record-keeping practices and documents considered to be important as well as conducting extensive interviews with members to gain an understanding of the character and sensibility of each diocese.

The final project being considered, which remains “in a certain state of vagueness,” is the development of a process that would encourage dioceses to develop an “official curiosity” about their own missional context. Fostering a self-consciousness on the part of dioceses about how their work is meeting the needs of their communities, Thompson suggested, is an “important factor in the vitality of those congregations in God’s mission.”

In the conversation that followed Thompson’s presentation, many of the questions revolved around the difficulty of getting parishes to gather data. James Sweeny (ecclesiastical province of Canada) explained some of the difficulties in getting small parishes to care about the process.

Bishop Jane Alexander expressed support for the idea but cautioned against “reinventing the wheel,” noting that The Episcopal Church already has some excellent tools for gather data that the Anglican Church of Canada should look into before creating its own.

When asked in an interview after the presentation about how these projects will move forward, Thompson stressed that working with a couple of dioceses in each ecclesiastical province is the way to begin, and also noted that there is support in the House of Bishops for a more facts-based approach.

“There hasn’t been a complete set of diocesan statistical returns this century,” he said, explaining that this was partially because the national church was not sure what it would do with the data. The new strategies for using information, however, provide a very positive reason for gathering statistics.

“We’ve been measuring the discouraging things,” said Thompson. “Let’s measure some things that are about the people of God getting engaged in God’s care for the world.”

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Anglican Journal News, November 14, 2014

Foundation gives kids a lift

Posted on: November 13th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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By Leigh Anne Williams

 

 

Hope Air has helped Grace, 11, and her father, Wade, travel from Stratford, PEI, to Ottawa, where she has received treatment for profound hearing loss since she was a toddler. Photo: Contributed


 

The Anglican Foundation has formed a new partnership with Hope Air to help children and youth in need of medical care fly to the cities where they need to go for treatments.

Foundation executive director Judy Rois said she got the idea while reading a WestJet inflight magazine, which contained a letter from WestJet’s president that mentioned the company’s work with Hope Air, a charity that partners with airlines in Canada to provide low income Canadians who have to travel for medical care with free flights.

Rois said she ripped the page out of the magazine and called Hope Air when she got back to her office.

Hope Air’s executive director Doug Keller-Hobson, who happens to be a member of Toronto’s Grace-on-the-Hill Anglican Church, said that as a part of Hope Air’s strategic growth plan, he had always “looked at faith groups as being a very logical network for us to partner with,” but the foundation was the first religious organization to propose a major partnership. Work with churches has typically been related to helping a specific person in a community, he said.

In this new partnership, the foundation is encouraging individual Anglicans and youth groups, parish choirs, and Anglican Church Women’s groups to raise funds that the Foundation will give to Hope Air to pay for clients’ flights for medical care. Although the cost of travel varies greatly depending on locations and distances, Keller-Hobson said the airlines offer Hope Air deeply discounted rates, so the average cost is $250 for a one-way flight and $500 for a return ticket. He noted, too, that funds can be designated to be used by someone in the local donor community.

Eligibility is based on need, and Keller-Hobson said most of Hope Air’s clients live close to the poverty line of $23,000 to $25,000 gross household income. The other eligibility requirement is that the client has to be travelling for an approved medical appointment that is covered by the provincial health care system, though the travel may be inter-provincial or to the U.S. in some cases.

The Anglican Foundation’s partnership focuses specifically on children in need of care. Rois said that the foundation is also providing one of its Hope teddy bears for every child who travels. “For many kids, some of treatment they have to take can be scary, some of it can be painful…. Having a little bear or something can be very comforting,” said Rois.

She said that the foundation’s reasons for entering the partnership are multifaceted. “It’s mostly for the kids obviously and the health care, but it helps parishes be philanthropic, be generous, be aware of these things,” she said. “It helps us tell the country that the Anglican Church of Canada cares for kids right here in Canada, that we are involved.”

Keller-Hobson said that one of Hope Air’s big challenges is looking for new ways to let people know about the service the charity offers. “We’re not the type that would do great, big public service announcements. We like to be more targeted and more focused and this partnership is one that I think is just terrific because it really gets us right out to the front lines,” he said, noting that priests and people in church communities may know of people in need of this kind of help and word of mouth is one of the top ways their clients hear about Hope Air. “Hopefully, before people have had to make their first journey, they’ve heard about us and call us for help,” he said.

Hope Air has helped Johnathan Roberts travel from Newfoundland to Halifax for surgeries and other treatments over the last two years. Born prematurely with spina-bifida and multiple orthopedic problems, Roberts, now 23, was in need of hip replacement. “When I was trying to figure out how to get to Halifax, before I found out about Hope Air, it was extremely stressful,” he told the Anglican Journal. Problems with his leg forced him to stop work and rely on a disability payment. As part of their fundraising efforts, his family had placed bottles with a poster explaining his situation in local businesses in their community of Tilton. The bottles were stolen before the family could collect them, and Roberts recounts gratefully that his family’s parish church All Saints Anglican Church in Tilton donated $1,000 to help him pay for costs, which also included expenses for a hostel room and food while in Halifax. “If I wouldn’t have went with Hope Air, then I wouldn’t have been able to make these arrangements to go to Halifax,” he said.

The foundation says donations of $250 have already started coming in from several parishes and from Queen’s College in St. John’s Nfld.

For more information, contact the Anglican Foundation at foundation@anglicanfoundation.org

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Anglican Journal News, November 12, 2014

Remembering

Posted on: November 10th, 2014 by CEP Administrator No Comments
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The following is a statement from Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada.

No matter where we are this Remembrance Day, whether a local cenotaph, a neighbourhood church, our home or workplace, we shall all in some way be drawn to Canada’s National War Memorial. The observances there will be especially poignant given the recent deaths of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent in Quebec and Corporal Nathan Cirillo while on honour guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa. Within just a day and a half, colleagues in his company resumed their duties at this tomb, – one of Canada’s most sacred sites.

While thousands will gather in person at the National War Memorial, thousands more will gather in spirit. Together we will honour all who have died in the service of our country and the freedom of the world. By way of tribute to their sacrifices there is a lot of pageantry. The Governor General represents our Queen and the Commonwealth and our Prime Minister and numerous other leaders in government pay their respects. Flags and regimental colours are dipped, and wreaths are laid. The Last Post and the Reveille are played and all join in the singing of “O Canada”. My sense is that this year our singing and our praying will be more fulsome than in many years. I say our praying too because our national anthem is as much a prayer as a song. “God keep our land” we sing, “glorious and free”. The rarely-sung fourth verse of the anthem reads:

               “Ruler supreme, who hearest humble prayer, hold our dominion in thy loving care. Help us to find, O God, in thee a lasting rich reward, as waiting for the better day, we ever stand on guard.”

Led by the chaplains of the Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal Canadian Legion these solemn ceremonies call us to be grateful for the freedoms we enjoy and the costs in human life to protect and preserve that freedom. The processions of veterans those of the First and Second World Wars and, the Korean Conflict are now swelled in rank by another wave of veterans from more recent conflicts in Bosnia and Afghanistan. Some can still parade. Others must be wheeled. It’s when I see them wiping tears from their eyes that I often cry too. As I see a Silver Cross mother representing all mothers and fathers who have lost their sons and daughters in war I find it hard to fight back tears for so much lost love.

I am always moved by that moment at the end of the ceremonies when everyone present is invited to remove their poppy and lay it down at the monument. By this simple gesture each of us is given an opportunity to remember someone by name – a family member, a friend, a comrade and to pray that they may rest in peace. We remember too all of the innocent victims of war, who are all too often forgotten and whose names are sometimes never known.

The Scriptures summon us to this holy work of remembering and to the sacred ministry of pursuing peace and reconciliation. They call us to labour for that day when “swords will be turned into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore. But they shall sit everyone under their vine and fig tree and none shall make them afraid.” (Micah 4:3-4)

This Remembrance Day I invite you to pray a “Common Prayer for All Faith Groups”, composed in 2000 under the authority of the Chaplain General of the Canadian Forces on the occasion of the dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

               Almighty God, Today our minds and hearts are with those who gather to witness Canada’s Unknown Soldier being laid to rest at our National War Memorial. Hear our prayer as we gratefully and enthusiastically join in the wave of remembrance sweeping across our nation.

               In unity with all Canadians, of every race, gender, and creed we offer up prayers of thanksgiving for all those who made selfless sacrifices for God and country so that we and future generations might live in peace.

               Bring your comfort and relief to those who mourn. Enable those who were wounded in body, mind, or spirit to live more peaceful and satisfying lives. Endow us all with a new resolve to hasten that day when war shall be no more and Your will alone is done on all the earth.

               In Your Holy Name we pray.

                                                    Amen.”

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Anglican Church of Canada, News from General Synod, November 7, 2014

Taizé: The last large youth meetings in 2014

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During these two weeks, thousands of French youth have arrived in three waves. The most numerous have come from Lille, Nantes, Grenoble, Rennes, and Pontoise but all regions of the country were represented. Nearly a dozen bishops have accompanied the young people from their dioceses.

Previously, a particularly striking visit in September was that of three bishops from Kenya, who had wanted to spend a day at Taizé during a visit to France. Also in September, the Minister General of the Franciscans, Brother Michael, with his council and a hundred young Franciscan friars from various countries, spent several days of prayer and sharing in Taizé.

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News from Taizé by e-mail – 29 October 2014